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. but that is not the only pressure on the president. >> i think now is the single best time to stop obama care. >> stop talking about impeachment. let's have a legitimate debate. let's fight his policies. let's try to appeal obama care. >> gop leaders are split on the push for impeachment as the opposition to defund obama care continues in earnest. >>> and later -- >> if a church is off limits, if the sanctuary of god is not off limits, if people are so malice and mean-spirited, what has become of our nation. >> retracing the steps of the civil rights movement, and confronting some of the ghosts which still haunt the city of birmingham today. we'll get to those stories in just a moment. >>> we start, though, with that developing news in syria at this hour. new information from washington, and the international community. allegations about the chemical weapons attack by the assad regime. i'm joined by nbc's ayman mohieldin. and kirsten at the white house. >> reporter: they've reached an agreement allowing u.n. inspectors to visit the site of an alleged weapons attack that happened a few days ago. keep i
do as they're told to kill obama care even if that means shutting down the federal government or else. fueling this is the right-wing base of the country that now commands the fears of republican congressmen far more than anything the weak john boehner can say or do or pretend to do or hope to do. here is a town hall meeting held by robert pettinger. pay close attention to who's calling the attention here. does this guy look anything like john boehner? even a little? >> real quick, easy question. this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to defund obama care? yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. >> if any republican votes against it, does not get funded. that's a fact. >> it has to be signed by the president of the united states. >> will you make a stand -- >> shut down the government. >> do you think harry reid is going to pass that in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. >> we need to show the american people we stand for conservative values. >> i'm joined by democratic strategist steve mcmahon, and republican strategist john. it's
hostage on defunding obama care, it's never going to work. the debt ceiling is a worse idea. house leadership is engaged in political wink wink theater where they effectively have to entertain every single harebrained idea that the right flank has to placate them. the question is, at the end of the day, can they bring them back from the brink? we saw john boehner fail there. his grasp seems to be loosening. . you would think that something would bring them back from the precipice, but i think the country, we get less and less convinced by the day that anybody's in charge here and that anybody has their hands on the captain's wheel. >> support for government shutdown is evaporating over the weekend. tea party, rand paul stated it plainly. shut down is a bad idea he said and we'll take a listen to him. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. but i do think we were elected, conservatives were elected to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. we should use the leverage of controlling part of government to get the law more to our liking. >> w
reform that we can do. >> talking about hope and changing >> than to repeal every single word of obama care. >> a lot of republicans seem to believe if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they'll somehow be sticking it to me. they'd just be sticking it to you. >> i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea. >> shutdowns are not a good move at all. >> go back to the original greek. politics had two parts. >> is he willgible to be president of the united states? >> he was in canada maybe not. >> he was definitely born in canada. >> you have to ask him that question. >> antics meaninging blood sucking insects. >> ♪ >> and we open with a look at the hottest ticket in consecutive circles this month, the defund obama care summer tour. in a few hours, ted cruz whose canadian citizenship well get to in a minute will take the stage in dallas to explain why now is the time for a government shutdown if democrats won't help repeal president obama's signature health care law. >> obama care is at its most vulnerable it's ever been right now. there's bipartisan agreement
budget bill that includes funding for the implementation of obama care? >> please do. >> how many weeks would you go without paying social security, and how many weeks would you go without paying the troops and having a young lady walk into my office whose husband is over in afghanistan who can't pay her mortgage, because i am shutting the government down, because i don't like the health care law? >> this is what the tea party wants to know, will you vote with mike lee to and med dose here, to de -- meadows here to defund obama care -- yes or no? >> you want the thoughtful answer? >> i want the yes or no. >> no. >> the issue is whether the republicans force a government shutdown over the imple main tigs of the obama care. the conservative wing of congress called the suicide congress doesn't want to be bothered with trivial things like govern iing. according to "the hill" they are ratcheting up opposition against representative mitch o'connell, and those who don't want to shutdown the government don't seem like people who should be in congress. in fact, it is a revelation when a republic
't be surprise fed the president doesn't go ahead and sign the repeal of obama scare. which sounds just delusional. then though, he was very wise. he made -- used his inside voice and sounded very reasonable when he talked about how they could shift the blame to obama. let's take a listen. >> it goes forward. president obama, harry reid, will scream and holler that mean nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the government. and at that point, republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time. we have to win the argument. they stand up and say, we voted to keep the government open. why is president obama threatening to shut the government down. force it down the throat mster can people. >> you notice he started with a much lowerer tone. like he is trying to sound reasonable. >> when you are suggesting something as dramatic as shutting down the government, i suspect the democrats in congress are fine with him trying to win that argument. last time the republicans shut down the government, that didn't go quite so well for them. >> that's not quite true. let's check th
obama made news last night on "the tonight show" telling jay leno he will go to russia and today the white house told vladimir putin that he will not be meeting one-on-one with president obama. >> the big chill between the u.s. and russia may be heading for the deep freeze. >> putin's shelter of edward snowden -- >> no snowden, no meeting? >> comes at a price. >> he has officially cancelled to plans to meet putin. >> they slipped back into the cold war mentality. that's the past of the we have to think about the future. >> it's a totally moderate response. >> snowden was one part of this puzzle. >> edward snowden, missile defense, human rights to be continued. >> thousands of people rallied last night into tunisia's capital. yemen says it has foiled an al qaeda plot. >> massive fire -- >> russia's anti-gay laws. >> that controversial law that bans gay relationships. >> talking about the protection of american athletes abroad and a lot of concern how till impact the mrps. >> i think putin and russia have a big stake at making it work. >> we have athletes who have been training for
in. tonight's lead, republicans playing politics with national security. president obama has ordered 19 embassies and consulates to be closed due to a potential threat. and stepped up drone attacks on terrorists overseas. today he spoke to marines in california about the threat we still face. >> because of you, osama bin laden is no more. because of you "caught on camera's" top ranks have been hammered. even though the decimated the al qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad. we've got to take these threats seriously and do all we can to confront them. >> as we speak american diplomats and members of the military are serving in harm's way overseas. it's time for us all to unite. but some republican politicians think it's time to take pot shots at the president. >> it causes our allies to be concerned. >> these al qaeda types are on steroids thinking we're weaker. >> you don't have to close your embassies like cowards to go runni
stories that continue to eat into the second half of the obama presidency. as harry truman said if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if you will. to me it seems like he's trying to build up as much political capital as possible before he gets back to washington. what do you think he's trying to do? >> i think he's trying to talk about what people
'm in for chris. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response to tea party leaders like ted cruz, rand paul and mike lee who are champb oning a government shutdown if the obama care law is not defunded. >> the idea that you would shut down the
wincing. "weekends with alex witt" starts now. >>> making his case. president obama with a staunch defense of his health care program had an interesting take on his relationship with vladimir putin. a live report ahead. >>> in the wilderness. a new search in the kidnapping suspect and the 16-year-old who disappeared with him. >>> dramatic and deadly. floodwaters and drenching rain sweeping parts of this country. will the dangerous weather hit you today? >>> are you more or less inclined to grab a burger now? >>> good morning and welcome to "weekends with alex witt". we have breaking news overnight from sandy hook, california. police have confirmed that the body of a child discovered inside the charred fire of a home set on fire last weekend belongsen to 8-year-old ethan anderson. the remains of his mother were also in that home. james lee i did mantleeo is suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old hannah anderson. his car has been located in idaho. a report from san diego a bit later on this hour. >>> the day's other story, in a matter of hours, president obama will be in orlando, florida. it co
the race of these shooters in a way to sort of try to bait barack obama on race. let me play you some sound, clarence, and get your comment. >> trayvon martin here and in the rose garden. why the hasn't he spoken out on this in this case? you said there was a judicial proceeding. there was one in the trayvon martin case. he spoke out extensively on that one. >> there's the right directly trying to bait the president on race, a situation with the baseball player is already tragic. why do they seem so determined to also make it racial. >> they've been champing at the bit waiting for a case that would help them to problem the point that white people are not -- that their lives aren't as valued as much as black people's lives are, the exact opposite of what experience tells us. this case does not apply. people forgetting that in the trayvon martin case, the parents were upset that the suspect, zimmerman, was released without much suspicion at all. and that was when the state reopened the case and decided there was enough evidence to prosecute. what we're looking for here is equal justice. if th
. president obama was secretly telling dmitri medvedev to ignore all the election year politics, it's just politics. after that, the u.s. and russia could be great friends. maybe that wasn't it, maybe the flexibility he was speaking about was a great insult. a yo mama joke, perhaps, that would better explain what has happened since. relations are deteriorating at a very rapid pace. the president cancelled a planned meeting with russian president putin. the first time any american president has cancelled a publicly announced visit to russia since the end of the cold war. the white house explained the cancellation including, missile defense, and arms control, they cited russia's decision to thumb the u.s. in the eye by granting edward snowden temporary asylum. >> i was disappointed because even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a law breaker or alleged law breaker in their country. we evaluate it and try to work with them, they didn't do that with us. >> that same interview, the president spoke out forcefully against russi
meetings over obama care and a government shutdown threat. >> i think even if you do not believe in your heart number one it will pass, or number two it's appropriate, you need to represent us. and we're tired of having to come down on this again and again. >> let me talk to you a little bit about the consequences of what a complete government shutdown is. number one, that means your troops in the field don't get paid. military is not -- i'm sorry, yes. well, of course i wouldn't do that. but that would happen. that -- well, now i listened to your question, and i'll let you have the microphone again if you want to. >> republican tom cole getting booed for saying that it's more important to pay the troops than hold a government hostage to right-wing demands. and he is not the only one. >> this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee and meadows here to defund obama care, yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. do you think harry reid is going to pass anything in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. well need to show the american people we stand
that obama care is bad for america. i do. and the reason is -- and so does the president. >> what about the seniors in your district? >> what about us? >> what about us? >> excuse me real quick. the congressman was very respectful about -- >> tell him to stop lying. >> given that reaction, you'd think the party might want to rethink its plans to defund the health care law, right? wrong. today the right wing heritage group kicked off a defund obama care tour aimed at killing the law and, get this, some republicans even want to shut the government down to do it, even though they themselves admit it's a terrible idea. >> well, i don't think shutting down the government is a good idea, but i do think that we were elected, conservatives were elected to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. if we do nothing, we're just saying to the president, hey, you get your way. >> i don't think it's a good idea, but let's do it anyway. how's that for cruel? it's that type of failed logic the president called out this weekend. >> your health insurance isn't something to play
obama mask at the missouri state fair. congressman steve king tweeted, "mr. president, invite the rodeo clown to the white house for a beer summit. take the temperature down. have a laugh, relax. it's not about race." it's not about race. the fair goer who shot this video said other clowns played with the lips on the obama mask, and that the whole thing felt like a clan rally. this is ugly and tone deaf, but increasingly, the republican party is refusing to listen to anyone except its own carnival barkers. today republicans voted to boycott nbc and cnn as debate sponsors if the networks don't scrap their hillary clinton films. >> we're done putting up with this nonsense. there are plenty of other news outlets. we'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. but cnn and nbc anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks. >> now whether you like the idea of a hillary movie or not, it does seem strange that the gop's big idea to reach more viewers is to shut out two national networks from debates, while reportedly trying to get the gop ringmaster himself, rush limbaugh, to mod
of their own medicine. president obama hit the road today with a message aimed at republicans he es had enough. >> we've seen a faction of republicans in congress that suggest that maybe america shouldn't pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they could shut down obama care. you know, that won't grow our economy, that won't cede jobs, that won't help our middle class. >>> he's right, we could afford it. what doesn't the gop understand? the law was passed, signed into law, upset by the supreme court, reaffirmed by the election. bron chanting. >> gentlemen, thank you for sharing your views. why would you oppose december it's going to. >>> the people have made it clear they're sick of the gop games and the president's going to make sure that republicans get that mijts. joinings me now, thank you for coming on do republicans think they can stop the law? ibilities i think this is definitely just a big show for their base, and particularly in this conversation about shutting down the government over defunding obamacare, you even have members of the repub
obama canceled his face to face meeting with vladimir putin next month. is the end of the big chill? >> we are old hockey players and we both know that diplomacy like hockey can sometimes result in the occasional collision. >> there will be a press conference tomorrow. ask that question tomorrow. >> the president is expected to make some news today. congressional sources say at his news conference reforming and limiting those controversial surveillance programs. >>> and weiner roast. weiner gets burned door knocking in harlem last night. ♪ >>> and somehow he decided it was a good idea to vent to a reporter from london. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington where in just two hours president obama will hold his first full press conference since april. he's expected to respond to the outcry over those surveillance programs according to congressional briefings on those reforms. will that satisfy critics? we have a super panel. chuck todd, chief white house correspondent and host of "the daily rundown" and contributor and host of in play, and a washington diplomatic correspon
have a dream speech, republicans have their own dream. to impeach president obama. it's the latest sign of just how desperate the gop has become. they lost the election, they don't have an agenda, they they can't stop the president's health care law. that's why you're hearing ridiculous talk about impeachment at town halls with republican lawmakers. >> he needs to be stopped. we need to get that -- it should have been started a long, long time ago. is somebody going to finally draw up something that's going to stop this runaway train we have in the white house? >> you know, if i could write that bill and submit it -- >> do it. >> yeah. >> excuse me. it would be a dream come true. i feel your pain. i know. i stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him, and i couldn't stand being there. but because he is president i have to respect the office. >> it would be a dream come true? to impeach president obama? really? now, in fairness, i'd expect this type of talk coming from the republican from michigan. he's a professional santa claus impersonator and he's posed shirtless with a reind
in the era of president obama's disasterer is we have to get beyond being anti-obama, and we have to reconvince people you can have hope in america, that we can have a better future. >> hope for republicans nationally is what the party clings to because at the moment it's all they've got. that much is evident if you read politico this morning which reported that the republican establishment sees the party on the national level as veering toward destruction. they report that, quote, it's almost impossible to find an establishment republican in town that is not downright morose about the 2013 that has been and is about to be. they see this year as a disaster in the making even if most elected republicans don't know the it or admit it, the party's wounds are many and they're all self-inflicted. threats of government shutdown and debt default have all ended hopes of proving that republicans are not insane when it comes to governing. thanks to out of mainstream reactions on issues like immigration, voting rights, marriage equality and women's rights, republicans have done an excellent
>>> good morning. i'm chris jansing. >>> president obama this morning is under roux nuenewed attack f republicans even though he is facing a decision about enormous crisis in syria and hitting the road again right now to talk about the economy. let's start with the threats. republicans have spent the summer threatening a government shutdown when they go back to washington. 80 of the most conservative house republicans have sent a letter to speaker boehner urging him to defund obama care. which, in the process, could bring the wheels of government to a screeching halt. >> and then, finally, now what we have got is republicans talking about the idea that they would shut down the government, bad for the economy, bad for not just people who work for the government, but all of the contractors who -- and the defense folks and everybody who is impacted by the services that they receive from the federal government, we should shut that down because republicans after having taken 40 votes to try to get rid of obama care see this as their last gasp. >> now a few republicans are even going a st
's mid-term elections and in 2016 is beginning to take shape around, yes, of course, the repeal of obama care. and last night at a heritage foundation defund obama care event in texas, senator ted cruz tried to rally conservatives. >> what happens next is president obama and harry reid are going to scream and yell those mean, nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government. what has to happen after that is we've got to do something that conservatives haven't done in a long time. we've got to stand up and win the argument. why is it that every reporter in the media and a significant percentage of republicans assume with an impasse that president obama will never, ever, ever give up his principals so republicans have to give up theirs. if you have an impasse, you want to know one side or the other has to blink. how do we win this fight? don't blink! >> by the way, cruz was heckled at that event by people saying they wanted health care as well, but there were more supporters, as he said, than there were hecklers. earlier, though, former u.s. senator jim demint and pres
. the first, attorney general eric holder, the nation's top cop and a leading civil rights figure in the obama administration announcing a major overhaul to ease government drug sentencing guidelines. holder was clear this isn't just about perform reforming an outdated, inefficient and expensive war on drugs, he said. this is about reforming a judicial system of inequality system that will abuses blacks and minorities. this is holder speaking how they're disproportionately involved in that system. >> we also must confront the reality that once they're in that system, people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers. in recent years, black male offenders have received sentences nearly 20% longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. this isn't just unacceptable. it is shameful. >> now, the second case in new york city where a federal judge demolished the city's tactics surrounding a controversial stop and frisk law, the law has become a flash point for racial tensions nationwide not unlike stand your ground in the trayvon martin case. in her ruling, the j
that should have bipartisan support. of course, so should obama care. it's actually a really good idea. it's going to work. yeah. used to be a republican idea. there was a governor in massachusetts set it up. it's working really well. but some of the reforms we're proposing we can make on our own. we're going to work with colleges to keep costs down. we're going to work with states to make higher education a bigger priority in the budget. and by the way, students, we're going to also ask a little more from you, too, when it comes to you receiving financial aid. because you're going to have responsibilities, as well. and these reforms won't be popular with all the institutions out there because some of them are doing okay with the status quo. even if their students aren't graduating, they're still getting the money. but i'm not concerned with the institutions. i'm concerned with the students. i want the students to get a good deal. the institutions are there to serve the students. and educate the young people. so my plan comes down to three main goals. number one, i'm directing my administr
to be for something, not just be against everything. >> harry reid and president obama would scream and yell. >> i see mea colleagues say, by god, it's now or never. >> will you vote to defund obama care? i want a yes or no. >> no. >> they want to get as many americans hood to the sugar. >> the other day you're not wanting to kill the hostage. that's okay, kill it. >> cooler heads prevail over time. >> there are more effective ways of achieving that goal. >> one thing i've tried to do is not overreact. ♪ >>> the bell has rung, and congress is out for summer. members fanning out to their districts to hear the heated opinions of constituents at town hall meetings, and with less than eight weeks to go before the official launch of new health care marketplaces until the afford kabul care ac, backers of the law are out in force encouraging people to sign up. then, of course, there are the law's opponents. you remember these guys. >> who do you want to die so that we're on the par with the english system? >> if this thing goes into effect beginning october 1st with the exchanges and mandates kicking in, i
. itis crazy. it seems overdue. the question is whether any of this stuff, obama can get bipartisan consensus to lead to real change in policy given everything else we know is going on in the republican house. >> given the position of eric holder as an influencer or straw man. howard? >> you have to unpack this. in terms of mandatory drug sentencing, where eric holder is going with this particlair thing is in a direction that a fair amount of the republican party will accept. even if not especially the tea party types. a lot of the tea party types -- >> who said things. >> starting with rand paul, kentucky, and others. they have other philosophical objects on the drug front as long as it's nonviolent, et cetera. there's enough support among the tea party types, the kind creating trouble everywhere else to give eric holder room to maneuver here. the combination of that and the president's passion on it. the fact that the obvious disproportionate impact on it. it's not just a matter of money. yes, we are wasting billions of dollars but the racial impact is obvious. you put that togeth
. >> president obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. and again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> we have two reports on these new developments. nbc news's kristen welker and amaa reporter also. >>> what's the latest and what are the options being considered. >> reporter: the white house, you're absolutely right, saying there's little doubt that chemical weapons were being used by the assad regime. they're reacting to the fact that the syrian government will let u.n. inspectors into the alleged site of the chemical weapons attack. the white house expressing concern that it could be too little too late. they say that area has been shelled for five straight days. here's a statement from the administration, an administration official, that we just got this morning. this avenue says, quote, at this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to gran access would be considered to late to be credible including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a res
>>> our key issues and people this week. spying showdown. president obama orders changes to u.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say abo
. maybe the flexibility that obama was speaking about that medvedev was transmitting was a grave insult, a yo mama joke and would better explain what happened since. u.s. relations are deteriorating at a rapid pace and canceled a planned meeting with president putin the first time any american president has canceled a publicly announced visit to russia since the end of the cold war. the white house explained the decision with a laundry list of russia's policy failures the last 12 months including -- "missile defense, and arms control cited russia's decision to thumb the u.s. in the eye by granting nsa leaker edward snowden temporary asylum as a contributing factor. something the president touched on in an interview with jayleno last night too. >> i was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a law breaker or an alleged law breaker in their country, we evaluate it and we try to work with them, they didn't do that with us. >> that same interview the president spoke out forcefully against t
generations. >> that was president obama speaking thursday from martha's vineyard about the violence in egypt. the message seems clear. we can't expect democratic reform overpass in egypt. we have to ask when the military wipes out the results of what many may have been imperfect but democratic in nature election how are we to think the country is starting down the path. i want to bring back in mona on that very question. we saw mubarak, 40-year dictator step down in february 2011. we are now really only two years on. can we really have expected egypt to stand up a u.s. style democracy in such a short time? are these the growing pains of democracy or is egypt really fundamentally off the rails. >> you know, what i think is happening we're appreciated for the unpredictability we have. for too long egypt was considered predictable. for too long five u.s. administrations support add dictator at the expense of the people for the sake of stability. so it's that kind of predictability i'm gladys gone. again, i condemn all the blood letting but we have to get this out of our system. this is a mess b
opposition from the civil rights community that any person put forward by president obama ever has. it will be vocal and outspoken because he has chosen to be vocal and outspoken about racial profiling. i'm not sure that, frankly, he really believes in this. at the very least, he was against racial profiling before he was for if. he thought stop and frisk was dubious before he became its biggest champion. and -- >> well, he's definitely -- there's been a trajectory. there's been some movement. i'm willing to grant. ben jealous from the naacp. thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> thank you, chris. >>> joining me now, ryan grim, washington bureau chief for the "huffington post." ryan, you have ray kelly, head of new york city's police department, which is a big job, on sunday shows talking about stop and frisk as a central issue, and i'm just curious, what was your read of the political subtext of those appearances? >> you know, he's in a difficult position here because, you know, he's been floated now for a long time as a likely pick here. i know obama tends to leave people out th
% was that number. which makes this current spat a bit more tense, right? >>> also tonight the fight over obama care takes a recess. the summer of the angry anti-obama care town hall is back. but unlike last time this story played out, it is republicans who are feeling the heat. >>> plus why the federal government needs to rethink the science around medical marijuana. all that is ahead. >>> but tonight we begin with the u.s. and russia relations in a downward and dangerous spiral. today white house spokesperson jay carney spent most of his daily briefing fielding questions about russia. the president announced a rare news conference for tomorrow. we expect he will answer a flood of questions about the increasingly chilly relations between the two countries. now, when you hear the u.s. and russia are bickering, when you hear their relationship is deteriorating or on the rocks, i want you to keep in mind, these two countries, our country and russia, still hold 94% of the world's nuclear weapons. 94%. you can see it on this graph. the chart comes from a plough share fund using estimates from hans chris
, august 23rd. for the president, it's not sleep till scranton. ♪ >> president obama set off on a two-day bus tour. >> i can mag big news. >> the bottom line is higher education cannot be a luxury. >> it's astonishing to the watch the self-destruction of the republican party. >> there is no more important regulatory reform. >> 40 votes to try to. >> repeal every single word. >> of obama care. >> here you have the speaker of the house saying let's put that fight off. >> i can't force these folks to do what's right. >> i think we're going to have another constitutional crisis. >> that's called impeachment. >> throws around i" word. >> the president obama is a personal friend of mine. >> talk of impeachment gets into the realm of birth certificate. >> amazing grace how swede the sound that saved a wretch like me. >> penny wise and pound foolish. >> president obama is on the road facing down his latest detractors in congress while getting to hear from everyday americans in atown haul meeting in new york as he deliberates matters from the economy and crisis to the economy and the crisis in
obama, will defund health care himself. just listen to former senator jim demint at a town hall yesterday. >> senator, what's the point of voting to defun obamacare when we know that president obama won't sign it? >> wellering with don't know that, do we? >> we don't know? we don't know if the president will defund his signature achievement? we also don't know if he's having donald trump and rush limbaugh over for potluck dinner tonight. we just don't know that, do we? meanwhile, over at fox news, folks are absolutely giddy over what they're sure is the imminent demise of health care. >>> quarter past the hour. president obama's health care law, running into more trouble by the day. >> a new controversy surrounding obamacare ahead of the massive health care overhaul law. >> i think this is one of the obvious signs that obamacare is doomed to fail. >> doomed to fail. huh? here are the facts. the federal government originally estimated that 7 million people would sign up for insurance exchanges all across the country. but a new study shows that actually, 8.5 million people plan to
that president obama would be able to get sort of the bipartisan support for this type of proposal that he's hoping for. and craig, to put this in a broader context, this is really the president's goal to tee up the fall budget battles. the budget and also, of course, the debt ceiling which he'll be dealing with this fall. that's part of the larger goal. we expect the president to come out in a few minutes. craig? >> kristen welker traveling with the president in buffalo. we'll hear from president obama in just a few moments. meanwhile, i want to bring in steve cornaki. let's talk about -- not just the president's plan here, but the rising cost of college. the rising cost of tuition. you've been talking a little bit about what they are doing out in oregon. let's talk a little bit about that. for folks who weren't familiar with this plan, what is it? and could it be taken to scale? >> that's what they're trying to find out right now. the stage is very early. it's a pilot program that's been developed right now. the plan isn't fully in place. the idea is basically if you go to a college, pub
for its employees has absorbed huge increases even before there was such a thing as obama care. if you look at the specific fees cited by u.p.s. as a reason for dropping them they are a pittance compared to what the rise in health care has been. it raises the question to me just because the possibility, because they are saying it's because obama care, maybe it's an opportunity for the company to save some money and pin it on something controversial. >> we should consider that this sort of thing should have been anticipated and very easy to blame the companies but in fact the policy may be flawed. a lot of companies, large franchise companies saying that their franchisees will most likely once obama care kicks in reduce flows fewer hours because of the health care costs. you would think when they were planning -- when they were planning for this they would have anticipated these sorts of things. there's this poll in july that the "wall street journal" did, the commission showed 47% of the american people is against obama care at this point. support for obama care is down to 34%. then th
part of obama care only subsidized it. didn't change it. just subsidized it. >> ari melber, the closer, gets tonight's last word. >>> cruising for a bruisen? let's play "hardball." ♪ >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. tonight, invasion of the body snatchers. the soul of a major american political party is suddenly up for grabs. party of lincoln and the emancipation proclamation of theodore roosevelt and the american conservation movement. the party of ronald ration who signed the deal with -- that eliminates nuclear weapons could be going ballistic. ted cruz talks in brinksmanship terms about shutting down the american government. he speaks in cold war terms of not blinking when it happens. letting the government drop before him as he gazes on in cold contempt. he uses the tactics of joe mccarthy suggesting now defense secretary chuck hagel, a fellow republican, might be an agent of this country's enemies. iran and north korea. will the republicans fight back? will they refuse to let their party's soul be grabbed by this new hard right that harkens back to
begin with a new decision from president obama. he's cancelling a planned one-on-one with russian president vladimir putin. the meeting was scheduled to coincide with the president's trip to the g-20 economic trip. obama vowed to keep his commitment in attending the g-20 during a sit-down with jay leno last night. that's despite his disappointment over putin's decision to grant nsa leaker edward snowden asylum. so are we headed toward a modern-day cold war between these two? >> i was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a lawbreaker or an alleged lawbreaker in their country. there have been times where they slipped back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. what i consistently say to them and what i say to president putin is that's the past. you know e we've got to think about the future. >> mean tiemt, many are expecting more revelations from snowden related to u.s. surveillance programs. administration officials say those very programs helped uncover this latest ter
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